MI AMOR Author, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin writes poetry, prose, and Mexican folktales to paint a heartfelt portrait of her mother, Chabela Isabel Aparicio a widow of 34 years who at 98 years old still believes that the love of her life, Caro will return to her. The memoir is a story of yearning and a bitter sweet jealous love that Chabela hangs on to. “I’m sick of love. I’m sick of waiting for your father. He probably has a woman over there in Coachella” Every poem, story, folk tale and original hand drawing in Vibiana’s memoir develops the theme of the ‘amor eterno’ that Chabela desperately hangs on to. Despite her dementia, Chabela is determined to win Caro back from the far away place that he inhabits. She sings love songs to him, and talks muy apasionada about her husband who she calls ‘muy hombre’. Chabela prays nightly for him to come to her. The poem, Telenovela speaks about Chabela’s sensual nature. She reveres her plaster statue of Saint Anthony, patron of desperate lovers. She fantasizes over the dark-skinned curly haired actors on Canal 52. Her husband is such a man, she confesses. This memoir is a precious read of poems, stories and hand drawings which speaks to all who have an aging parent who hangs on to memories of their lost love, their lost spouse and lost former life.
About the Author: Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin broke the 1950's rules for girls growing up in East Los Angeles. She snuck out of her yard and exlored the Geraghty Loma gang territories of City Terrace. Her imaginative writing developed from her mother's Mexican storytelling and her habit of writing and drawing in her father's encyclopedias. She founded El Teatro De Los Niños, the first Chicano Children's Street Theater in the U.S. to continue her family's story telling tradition. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College with a degree in Bacteriology and earned Masters degrees in Educational Administration and Theater Arts from Cal State L.A. and Masters in Secondary English and Bilingual Education from USC. Today in Pasadena, she enjoys her four dancing-singing grandchildren.Vibiana bakes enchilada pies and takes train trips with her grandchildren. She is an award winning author and performance artist.
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